Blenheim and Marlborough Tours

Private Tours

Note: To organise these exclusive tours we require a MINIMUM OF 7 DAYS NOTICE.

The ultimate Marlborough and Blenheim wine tour experience for a minimum of 2 people.

We offer many choices of exciting venues and things to see and do, including:

  • Visits to wineries of your choice
  • Degustation lunch
  • Wine blending demonstration
  • Barrel tasting
  • Visit to a boutique brewery
  • Spend an hour or two wandering around one of our many private gardens with a beautiful clear, spring-fed stream and enjoy a picnic lunch or afternoon tea relaxing in the peaceful surrounds.  (weather dependent)
  • Chocolate factory visit (see the delicious chocolates being made)
  • Helicopter or scenic flights (separate costings)
  • Outstanding Aviation museum

Create your own private tour or allow us to help you put together an unforgettable guided tour of Marlborough.

Please contact us to discuss options and prices

Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Wine Tour

Our tour groups are intentionally small enabling a personalised and rewarding experience. With a small tour number we don’t just offer a “driver” we pride ourselves in providing a personal “guide”. We and our fabulous guides love to share our considerable knowledge of Marlborough, its wineries and the characters behind them.

Our JADE WINE TOUR will depart from the I-Site in Picton. Shuttle buses are provided free from the quay to the I-Site (a distance of 2 kms from the large ship quay) and departure times are worked around the times that ships dock and passengers are allowed to disembark. You will be returned to the Shuttle terminus a minimum of 1 hour before the last shuttles leave for the ship.      We do not compromise on an earlier return to port !

The default start time is 9.30am but this can vary for ships with later arrivals. You will be advised of the your tour departure time a few weeks before the date. Our minibuses will depart the I-Site and carry you the 25 minutes to the Wairau Valley – home of the world famous Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Your local guides are full of history and discussion along the way.

  • Wine tasting at 4 – 5 cellar doors ( as time allows )
  • Scenic Drive with heaps of photo opportunities
  • Stop for lunch at a cellar door restaurant – if time allows  (own cost)
  • Taste hand-made chocolates at the Chocolate Factory
  • Stop at the Lookout for pictures with your beautiful ship (if time allows)

Tour price is NZ$ 195 pp  

This includes all standard Tasting Fees. Some wineries have additional fees for their reserve wines.

Please contact us by email prior to your arrival in Picton on a Cruise Ship.

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The Marlborough vineyards are the home of Sauvignon Blanc and some of the country’s most vibrant and flavourful wines. Enjoy the  taste of the many aromas, textures and flavours of our world famous Marlborough wines, on a guided tour of this exceptional region.

Take the free shuttle buses or follow the 5 minute walk from the ship to the Picton i-site where your local guide will be waiting with our comfortable minibus.

Start your tour with visits to some beautiful cellar doors to taste the wines which make Marlborough famous. Then spoil yourself with a choice of delicacies during our lunch stop (own cost and time permitting) at a vineyard restaurant.

To continue the tour after lunch, we select a range of the large, through to the small family-run wineries, where you can taste the zesty Sauvignon Blancs and a wide variety of our other tasty cultivars. Visit the cellars to experience the rich aromas of wine maturing in French oak barrels and hear how our grapes are processed into our unique multi-award winning wines for which the valley is so famous.

Tasting the hand-made gourmet chocolates at the Chocolate factory is a brilliant way to end this exceptional day and arrive back in Picton at least 90 minutes before your ship’s departure.


TripAdvisor Reviews

“Our driver / tour guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Couldn’t have been better. We went to 4 vineyards, a craft shop and a chocolate factory. Great value for us as we were quoted almost double the price for the tours offered on our cruise ship. (If you are on a cruise ship, get off early and book a Jade Tour from the Tourist Info Center).”

“Thank you for forwarding the photos of our day tour with you in Picton. We enjoyed the tour immensely and it was one of the highlights of our cruise. We are glad we took the opportunity of doing this tour with Jade and not through the ship excursions. The Highfield and Framingham wineries were certainly the high points of your tour. The winery where we had lunch was also good. By the time we got to Giesens we were literally “wined-out”. The fact however that you managed to cram six wineries and a visit to the chocolate factory into your tour (against only two on offer by the ships excursions) speaks volumes for your knowledge of the area and wineries to visit, and not to mention that you were a very entertaining tour guide. Wish you and all at Jade Tours continued success.”

You will be issued with a Voucher to confirm your prior booking and payment

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